Logitech G Gaming Handheld Could Run up to GameCube

Following on from the announcement Logitech had partnered with Tencent to release a cloud gaming device, images and potential specs of the Logitech G Gaming Handheld have leaked online.

Whether the device will be one of the best handheld emulator consoles remains to be seen, so take all of this with a pinch of salt. That said, if the leaks are anything to go by, there’s a ton of potential here.

Logitech G Gaming Handheld Specs

The Logitech G Gaming Handheld main menu screen.

According to serial leaker Evan Bass and later confirmed via Kuba Wojciechowski through the Google Play Console, the Logitech G makes use of the Snapdragon 720G chipset as seen in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S, and the Samsung Galaxy A52 and A75.

In short, it’s a chipset that’s a few years old, but that’s fine in this space. The RG353P is still rocking a quad-core processor, so any bump in power is great news.

It’s also worth noting, 4GB of RAM is the absolute minimum for Android. You can go lower, but whether you should is another thing entirely. 4GB is the sweet spot and should help to keep costs down.

  • Chipset: Snapdragon 720G
  • CPU:  Qualcomm Kryo 465 CPU, Octa-core CPU
  • GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ 618 GPU
  • Operating System: Android 11
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Display: 1080×1930
  • Battery: 6000 mAh
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, USB-C

What Could the Logitech G Emulate?

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This is where things get interesting. As we already have mobile phones out there that use the Snapdragon 720G paired with 4GB of RAM, we can take a pretty solid swing at what this console is capable of, and the potential here is exciting.

Now, we need to point out the Logitech G gaming handheld is a cloud gaming device first and foremost. It just so happens that it’s also running on one of the most emulator-friendly operating systems in Android 11. We also don’t know whether it’ll ship with the Google Play Store, although getting around that often isn’t a problem for those with ADB knowledge.

Anyway, let’s talk hypotheticals. In theory, the Logitech G gaming handheld should be able to run up to GameCube before the power caps out. Low-spec GameCube titles will most likely need a frameskip option, but the harder-to-emulate titles are sure to struggle. PS2 is also likely to be a complete no-go.

But up to GameCube offers up a lot of possibilities, and that massive screen running at 1080×1930 is sure to really help make things look crisp. There should also be enough excess power to upscale even older titles as well. Exciting, right?

Price Prediction

The  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S came in at around $180/£200. Given the Logitech G gaming handheld utilizes newer tech elsewhere, it’s possible the device could take aim at the $180/£200 price point as well.

That pricing could be problematic, though. Logitech is selling the device as a cloud streaming handheld. Are there enough people out there who game via the cloud to justify a $180/£200 buy-in? Possibly, but as it’s a device that’s technically useless when you’re without Internet, that price point seems a little high. That is, unless the Logitech G is capable of more – think Android apps – than just cloud gaming.

We’re also pretty certain Logitech and Tencent won’t want to sell the device as an emulation machine, even though that’s what a lot of people will be seeing it as.

Of course, none of this means anything until Logitech unveils the gaming handheld fully. We’ve reached out to Logitech and should we hear back, we’ll be sure to let you know.

*All images via 9to5Google

Wesley Copeland
Wesley Copeland

Wesley Copeland is a gaming, tech, and toys journalist with over 10 years of experience writing online. Originally starting in video games before specializing in tech and toys, you can find his bylines at IGN, VG24/7, Kotaku, Tech Radar, Games Radar, PC Gamer, Heavy, and many more. He's also highly passionate about how tech can be used to better our day-to-day lives.